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captioned by closed captioning services inc. tonight, a special edition of "world news." bracing for the superstorm. 60 million americans on alert, from the carolinas up through maine. anyone east of the mississippi. three systems about to collide at once. 70-mile-per-hour winds barreling toward the coast tonight. storm surges up to 12 feet high. a foot of rain. several feet of snow in some places. tonight, the massive evacuations under way. subways shut down. thousands of planes grounded. and school now canceled for millions of children. our extreme weather team, where the storm is already hitting. >> absolutely relentless. >> abc's sam champion and the central question, why is this a superstorm? and ginger zee, right where sandy is expected to make landfall. how the full moon could make it even worse. "world news" team coverage starts now.
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good evening. it is great to have you with us on this sunday night. and as we come on the air for the west coast, you can see it swirling over my shoulder here. hurricane sandy, on the move tonight. more than 200 miles off the east coast, and this is a massive storm. it is already being felt along the coastline with whipping winds and rain that have flooded many communities. tens of millions of americans will be affected across a huge part of this country. hundreds of thousands have already been evacuated. we're now learning 2 million students and counting will stay home across seven staft states washington, d.c. here's a 3d view tonight of sandy's path, churning off the coast. winds up to 75 miles an hour. tomorrow morning, it will take aim at the coastline, turning inward and right now, it appears it will make landfall at
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midnight tomorrow near atlantic city, new jersey. you can see our extreme weather team and matt gutman is in the carolinas tonight. matt? >> reporter: good evening, david, from a very wet and surprisingly cold north carolina, where sandy was supposed to give just a glancing blow. it has been punishing. we've had 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts here. over the past 24 hours, the winds, the rain. the waves, you see crashing into the pier behind me have been absolutely relentless, giving you a sense of the length and come los colossal size of this storm. now, a number of communities already in this area have been cut off because of the surging flood waters, places like cape hatteras. a lot of people are talking about this foam. this is just what is spinning off of all of that churning water. now, when people consider hurricane, they think of it is tropical, but this has been icy cold and all of this cold air is just moving right north of here. david? >> all right, taking a beating there in north carolina, matt gutman, thank you tonight. so, just why is everyone
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calling this a superstorm? and where is the track right now? let's bring in abc weather editor sam champion in lower manhattan tonight. sam, great to see you. let's start with the track tonight. where is sandy right now? >> reporter: good evening, david. you just heard matt talk about the cold air, that's part of the reason it's a superstorm. show you that satellite picture that you showed at the top of the show. take a look at that very carefully. you notice the clouds are running from the carolinas all the way past the canadian border, then way up there is hudson bay, just go a little beyond it, it's the arctic circle. incredible reach of clouds. this has got to be one of the largest cloud masses we've seen in a tropical system in the atlantic tropical basin. just unbelievable. and then, look at the path. this is the latest information on where this storm is and where it's going. we still expect that turn to the coast, to the lefthand turn, if you will, by 2:00 p.m. on monday and find this thing crossing in
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that south jersey area, and then curving up new york state and staying in place thursday, on into friday, david. >> sam, we talked about this earlier, but for our viewers on the west coast here tonight, why are we calling this a superstorm? >> reporter: well, it's got so many unique ingredients, it's not just a hurricane. it's a giant storm with a little hurricane in the center. and as a matter of fact, it's just easier if we show you on a graphic, so, we did this 3d graphic to kind of walk you through the steps that make this a superstorm. take a look at it. all night long, sandy marches up the east coast, practically parallel. more than 200 miles offshore. it will collide with an arctic front from the west, throwing a new dose of energy into the storm and expanding its already monster size and reach. then, inject the 1 150-mile-an-hour plus winds of the jet stream and forecasters think sandy explodes into a superstorm. so, that unbelievable cold air is what everyone's going to
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notice, as that cold wind whips around and grabs this tropical moisture. now, this storm, even though it's way different from any other storm we've ever seen move up the coastline does have all the ingredients of a really bad storm. let's start with the storm surge and where we're standing right now, we probably won't be able to stand tomorrow night at this time with maybe 11 feet of additional water up here. that's over my head at this point because we're just about two feet over the water right now. and then look how far that surge runs, anywhere from the virginia coastline all the way up to maine. that's the surge with the initial impulse of that storm on the coastline. but look at the wind. this is long-lasting, long duration wind. more than a day of this wind and in some cases, 60 to 80 miles an hour wind. it will be hurricane force winds, but the tropical storm force winds will go well inland. take a look at the rain. the soaking, steady, flooding rain that will come out of this storm system. easily four, six, eight inches of rain will not be a surprising total from this system.
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there will be places that will get up to 12 inches of rain. >> you talk about the rain and the winds there, sam. the blizzard warnings remain up in effect tonight. >> reporter: blizzard warnings, believe it or not. higher elevations in west virginia, virginia, maryland. above 3,000 feet. there are six states that have winter storm watches and warnings out for us. we've already heard of several inches of snow falling in the mountains of the carolinas. >> all right, sam champion, guiding us through this. sam, we'll check back in with you shortly. meantime, as you heard sam report there, sandy's landfall will be in atlantic city. ginger zee is there tonight. >> reporter: good evening, david.
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sandbacks here along the boardwalk. the casinos, they're empty. we're in the 9 to 11-foot storm surge zone. we could get 10 to 20-foot waves. this whole thing could be under water tuesday morning. this really will become ground zero when that beast comes onshore. it's a mandatory ghost town in atlantic city. the iconic boardwalk, boarded up. the customary cha-ching of casino floors, silent. tolls were waved to get people out fast. buses lined up to take those who couldn't leave on their own to the shelters around the city. they're preparing here for a direct hit. >> we got to get the boards up because of the weather. >> reporter: you don't intend to leave? >> we tried to leave. we couldn't find anywhere to go. we didn't want to be in a shelter. so, the best place is the house right now. >> reporter: we found john and his friend borrowing sand from the beach and bringing it home. >> try to block up the house and not let the water in, you know? >> reporter: so, you figured, just come grab it from the beach? >> right, right. we have to use these trash bags for now. >> reporter: dan lives right on the shore but he's getting out.
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and you're worried? >> yeah, i'm really worried. because they just told -- a friend of mine said that they think it's going to hit the bay, the bay and the ocean is going to come together. >> reporter: much of the more than 200 miles of the jersey shore is a series of sliver-like barrier islands, with water on both sides. so, the concern isn't just about storm surge piling up from the ocean. it's also about storm surge coming off of bays just like this one, pushing into homes like these on the other side of these narrow islands. the storm arrives at a bad time, too, when there's a full moon. that means tides will be especially high and any surge will be especially dangerous. we've talked a lot about coastal flooding, but inland flooding is going to be a big issue, too. lancaster, harrisburg, places like baltimore are going to be very in need of paying attention in the coming days. we don't want to forget about that threat. david? >> ginger zee with us since
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"good morning america," straight through our west coast update here, ginger, thank you. the federal government just a short time ago announced it will shut down washington tomorrow, and here in new york tonight, there is already a state of emergency. authorities are scrambling to keep more than 8 million people safe. and look at this live picture tonight. that gate says it all. that's one of the many subway entrances in new york, they have all been closed down. at the top of the stairs, dan harris in times square tonight. dan, it's looking pretty quiet there. >> reporter: it's eerily quiet, david, i have to tell you. they are getting ready to shut this entire place down, essentially. not only have all the broadway shows gone dark, but as you mentioned, america's largest subway system has halted service completely. look at the sign behind me. two worlds tell the whole story. system shutdown. tonight, in the city that normally never sleeps, not only are they shutting down the subways and all the broadway
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shows, but they're also taping up the windows at department stores, canceling tomorrow's classes at all public schools and ordering 375,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas. >> if you don't evacuate, you are just putting your own life, you're not just putting your own life in danger, you are also endangering the lives of our first responders who may have to come in and rescue you. >> reporter: the mayor also warning people who live in high rises to stay away from windows, which could be blown out by flying debris. but the big risk to new york city is the storm surge. water, gushing in from the harbor, over the city's flood wall, pouring into the subway tunnels and roads and underground power transformers, potentially causing billions in damage. >> if it hits at the maximum tide, then i'm afraid we are in pretty bad trouble. >> reporter: last year, during tropical storm irene, the waters came within less than a foot from topping the flood walls. and now, sandy's storm surge is predicted to be even stronger. since irene failed to do the damage here in new york city that many experts predicted,
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some people, like this family, who live in the evacuation zone, are refusing to heed the warnings for sandy. >> we have diapers, we have water. you know, just hoping to make the best of it. >> reporter: there are long lines at the supermarket tonight. >> it really is a mad house. >> reporter: yeah. >> like, oh, my god. >> reporter: but the streets are crackling not with panic, but with a sort of upbeat, pre-apocalyptic vibe. >> i'm a new yorker. come on, what do you want to do? what do you want to do? panic? we're new yorkers. >> reporter: hard not to enjoy her spirit. agree with her or not. one last bit of news from new york, david. the new york stock exchange announcing late today that they will be closed tomorrow, however, people will still be able to trade stocks online electronically. back to you. >> she was a classic new yorker, dan. love the resiliency. dan harris, thank you. in addition to the subway shutdown in new york city, air travel is shutting down, as well. just this hour, we learned more flights canceled.
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the total nearing 7,000 flights now on hold. the ripple effect all across this country. it will be huge. so, here tonight, abc's lisa stark now. >> reporter: at new york's laguardia airport, a madhouse today, as travelers scrambled to get out before the storm comes in. >> we're trying to get back to raleigh, north carolina, and we're stuck. >> we're basically almost having nervous breakdowns. >> reporter: the airlines are taking no chances, starting to cancel flights tonight, from washington, d.c. northward. and on monday, united, delta, southwest, american, jet blue and us airways all announcing they will be closed for business on the east coast. a massive shutdown that will ripple nationwide. >> when there are flight cancellations in major hub cities like new york, like philadelphia, like washington, d.c., that affects travelers all over the country. >> reporter: airlines will remove planes from airports in the hurricane's path and hope they can fly back in on tuesday.
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train travel, too, coming to a standstill. amtrak canceling trains north of new york tonight and virtually all east coast service on monday. now, like everyone else, the airlines watching this massive storm to see when they can resume service. but even once that happens, david, it will take a good three to four days to get air travel back to normal. >> hard to believe. and it's a mess before the storm gets here. lisa stark tonight, thank you. as we mentioned, downed power lines could keep millimeters in the dark long after the storm has passed. already, an army of power company workers are on their way from ohio and oklahoma. david kerley tonight from delaware. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. you can see the tide is up a little bit, these waves are crashing this way, and as you mentioned, convoys are coming from the other direction. convoys of utility workers, and if the predictions are true,
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those workers are going to be extremely busy later this week. the power was going out even before the full force of sandy hit shore. >> see the fuse dangling? >> reporter: larry jackson knows the worst is still to come. >> probably be working 16-hour days. >> reporter: thousands of utility workers are in their trucks and headed east tonight, to repair what are expected to be massive power outages. these beach vacationers packed up to head home, inland. >> actually, the aftermath is what we're concerned about. >> reporter: no power. >> right. and for days. >> reporter: the power outages are expected to be widespread. >> it may take a long time not only to clear, but also to get, for example, the power companies back in. >> reporter: during hurricane irene last year, about 6 million homes lost electricity. this researcher plugged in all the information into a new program and he believes this will be worse. >> our estimate at this point is 10 million. it could be higher. could be lower. >> reporter: 10 million or more without power for a week to ten days.
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which is why this wisconsin company has added extra shifts, trying to build as many portable generators as quickly as possible. officials worry that residents might misuse some of those generators, putting them indoors or stringing extension cords dangerously. many seem to be heeding the warnings, checking off their lists of preparedness. batteries, water, nonperishable food. >> i'm nervous about losing power. i'm nervous about the storm. >> reporter: most of these power outages will be due to trees. we all know not to touch the power line that is down. but experts say, leave the tree limb alone. call the power company, let them deal with all of it. david? >> great advice. david kerley soaked in delaware tonight. david, thank you. and that estimate, 10 million without power. that's really something. still ahead here on "world news" this sunday night, the west coast edition here, the super storm scramble now, inside both campaigns this evening. could this storm affect who wins? as the president forced to put campaigning aside there.
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and, for millions of children, what does this mean for halloween? sam champion is back with the halloween forecast, as we track hurricane sandy on this special edition of "world news." [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants
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president now. you saw the president there, had to stop campaigning to meet with fema today because of the storm. mitt romney can selling rallies, going to the state of ohio. and tonight, the state of maryland, just calling off the first day of early voting tomorrow. and all of this comes as the latest abc news/"washington post" poll shows mitt romney ahead of the president by one point. this is razor thin. here's our senior political correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise. a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw a little bit of havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama, it meant canceling two upcoming campaign events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape, we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too. a chance for the president to show decisive leadership or to take the blame if the response is bungled. all told, 16 campaign events
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have already been canceled. mitt romney canceled three in virginia, moving westward to ohio, where he met up with paul ryan. >> today, when we get home, put in our prayers the people who are in the east coast, in the wake of this big storm that's coming. let's not forget those fellow americans of ours. >> reporter: with just nine days left, the race is as close as ever. a point dramatized in a new obama ad, reminding voters that the 2000 race was decided by a mere 537 votes in florida. >> this year, if you're thinking your vote doesn't count, that it won't matter, well, back then, there were probably at least 537 people who felt the same way. >> reporter: and mitt romney has picked up the endorsements of two iowa newspapers that supported obama last time. one that hasn't supported a republican since richard nixon. with the storm coming and the race so tight, both campaigns are trying to bank as many votes as possible in states with early voting. with lines especially long in virginia and maryland.
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the superstorm has not stopped this campaign. mitt romney is just finishing up his third event today in ohio. he will be campaigning in three states tomorrow. the president will be on the trail, also, campaigning in florida. david? >> it will be a tricky balance. jon karl tonight, thank you. when we come back here this evening, the other big event this week, halloween. so, tonight, one spectacular before and after. look at this pumpkin. and in a moment here, you'll see what it turns into. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose.
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pictures, the people that caught our eye this weekend. like lady liberty tonight. about to get whipped by winds from sandy. but there was a quick celebration today just ahead of the storm. the crown of the statue of liberty, reopening today on the statue's 126th birthday. the $30 million makeover including new staircases, a new elevator, even some air conditioning. but the opening was short lived. closed the next few days because of sandy. but happy birthday nonetheless tonight. with halloween this week, let's hope it's not completely wiped out. look at this snap shot. spectacular pumpkin carving. ray had his work cut out for him when he took on three giant gourds, like at this one, at the new york botanical garden. one of them weighing 1,900 pounds. armed with saws and knives, his team hacked away to create this creepy scene right here, a zombie lurking through a pumpkin patch. close-up right there of the zombie's face. and the number catching our eye tonight, 9 billion. that's how many of those little candy corns will be made this halloween. our friends over at yahoo! taking a tour of one of those candy corn plants to find out how the favorite halloween
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treats are made. the head of the factory telling us the not so secret ingredients of candy corn, and this is a quote here, sugar, sugar and more sugar. of course, the big question tonight, will halloween itself survive? millions of children have their costumes ready. and so, we'll check back in with sam in just a moment, what this hurricane means for halloween. it's a new day. if you're a man with low testosterone, you should know that axiron is here. the only underarm treatment for low t. that's right, the one you apply to the underarm. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18. axiron can transfer to others through direct contact. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant, and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied as unexpected signs of puberty in children or changes in body hair or increased acne in women may occur. report these signs and symptoms to your doctor if they occur. tell your doctor about all medical conditions and medications. do not use if you have prostate or breast cancer. serious side effects could include increased risk of prostate cancer; worsening prostate symptoms; decreased sperm count; ankle, feet, or body swelling; enlarged or painful breasts;
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and finally tonight here, we know the children watching us on the west coast tonight, consider yourselves lucky. might be a better halloween for anyone on the east coast. sam with the latest. >> reporter: you're right, david. you couldn't have said it better. no child, no parent, likes to see rain on halloween anywhere. but there are one or two places that could use it and actually northern california, into the northwest could use some rain, but it is not the day that folks want to see it on halloween day. all of that warm air in the west and then, of course, you've got the storm that continues to stay through friday, into the east coast. that's the halloween outlook, david. >> with us every step of the way, sam, thank you. we'll be watching "gma" in the morning and diane right here tomorrow night. good night.
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>> ama: we're tracking hurricane sandy as it races toward the eastern seaboard. tonight, millions have been told to seek shelter and stay put. the state hands down a loss to the san francisco 49ers by millions of dollars of funding for the stadium could be in jeopardy. >> wayne freedman takes a trip down memory lane with some detroit tiger fans. the last-minute luck they're hoping to find out one of baseball's most storied venues. >> ama: we begin with developing news from the east coast. all eyes are on hurricane sandy. here's a look at live doppler 7hd showing you where the mega storm is right now. good even

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